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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. 


Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, third-party comments posted below online articles, broadcasting, advertising, defamation or copyright.  Neither can we consider complaints about social media such as Facebook or Twitter, unless the Facebook or Twitter account is operated by a member publication of the Press Council and the publication has editorial oversight.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

919/2021 - A Woman and the Irish Mail on Sunday

The Press Ombudsman has found that the Irish Mail on Sunday offered to take action which would have been sufficient to resolve a complaint that  Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. He has found that Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) were not breached. Read on

913/2021 - Mr Ken Byrne and the Irish Examiner

On 20 August 2021, the Press Ombudsman did not uphold a complaint by Mr Ken Byrne that the Irish Examiner breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights), Principle 8 (Prejudice) and Principle 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

777/2021 - Dr Christine Gaffney, Ms Rachel Moran, Professor Kathleen Stock and The Irish Times

On 6 August 2021, the Press Ombudsman determined that The Irish Times offered to take sufficient action to resolve a complaint made by Dr Christine Gaffney, Ms Rachel Moran and Professor Kathleen Stock that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. Read on